Is longevity the curse of happiness?
May 15, 2008 1:50 AM Subscribe
Know any happy 80-year-olds?
posted by artdrectr to society & culture (50 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
An 85 year old friend, who is still a practicing artist, told us she wouldn't wish anyone to live as long as she has. We were startled, and very sad.
My wife and I (mid-lifers) were surprised to become aware that nearly all the folks we know or have known over the age of 80 are/were quite unhappy. Each is unique and pleasant to be with, have different backgrounds, different types of families, different financials, but almost all are deeply unhappy with their quality of life (and degrading health of course, which may be the overall theme of this question).
It seems a rather ominous fate to look forward to.
Tell me about some truly happy octogenarians you personally know.